Mr. Barkett is a partner at the law firm of Shook, Hardy &Bacon L.L.P. in its Miami office. He isa graduate of the University of Notre Dame (B.A. Government, 1972, summa cumlaude) and the Yale Law School (J.D. 1975) and served as a law clerk to theHonorable David W. Dyer on the old Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Barkett is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Miami School of Law. Mr. Barkett was a member of the Advisory Committee for Civil Rulesof the Federal Judicial Conference from 2012-2018. He is now serving for the second time as a member of the American BarAssociation Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. He is also a member of the American Law Institute. He is a fellow of the Collegeof Commercial Arbitrators and of the American College of Civil Trial Mediatorsas well as the American College of Environmental Lawyers.
Mr. Barkett is a commercial (contract, corporate, and bankingdisputes, employment, trademark, and antitrust) and environmental lawyer (CERCLA,RCRA, and toxic tort) having handled scores of complex and simple litigation matters in Federal and state courts or before an arbitration tribunal.
Mr. Barkett is also a problem solver, serving as an arbitrator,mediator, facilitator, or allocator in a variety of commercial, environmental,and reinsurance contexts. He is a certified mediator under the rules of the Supreme Court of Florida and the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida and a member of the London Court of International Arbitration and the InternationalCouncil for Commercial Arbitration, and serves on the AAA and ICDR roster of neutrals, and the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution’s “Panel ofDistinguished Neutrals.” He has served or is serving as a neutral in scores of matters involving in the aggregate more than $4 billion. He has conducted or is conducting commercial domestic and international arbitrations under AAA, LCIA, ICDR, UNCITRAL, and CPR rules and has conducted ad hoc arbitrations.
In November 2003, Mr. Barkett was appointed by the presiding judge to serve as the Special Master to oversee the implementation and enforcement of the 1992 Consent Decree between the United States and the State of Florida relating to the multi-billion dollar restoration of the Florida Everglades. He has also served as aSpecial Master for judges on the Southern District of Florida or the Miami-DadeCounty Circuit Court to address a wide variety of discovery and e-discovery issues in complex litigation.
Mr. Barkett also consults with major corporations on the evaluation of legal strategy and risk in commercial disputes, and conducts independent investigations where such services are needed. He also is consulted by other lawyers onquestions of legal ethics.
Mr. Barkett is a recipient of the Burton Awardfor Legal Achievement which honors lawyers for distinguished legal writing. Mr. Barkett has published two books, E-Discovery: Twenty Questions andAnswers (Chicago: First Chair Press, 2008) and The Ethics of E-Discovery (Chicago: First Chair Press, 2009). He is also an author of numerous papers on the Supreme Court, legal ethics, environmental law, e-discovery, civil procedure, and domestic and international arbitration and mediation and other alternative dispute resolution processes.